Umadevi regains billiards title

Karnataka’s R Umadevi Nagaraj regained the Ladies National Billiards Championship, scoring a fine come-from-behind win over talented teenager Keerath Bhandaal here on Tuesday.

Hours after packing off defending champion Arantxa Sanchis of Maharashtra 2-0, veteran Umadevi bounced back from an opening game loss to halt the fine run of Keerath, notching up a 3-1 (70-75, 76-57, 77-44, 77-62) win at the at the Jiwaji University hall.
Umadevi thus claimed her fourth National billiards title.

Results: Men: Snooker, group phase: Group A: Kamal Chawla (Rly) bt Manjot Singh (Pun) 3-1. Group B: Shahbaaz Adil Khan (PSPB) bt D Raj Kumar (Kar) 3-2; Anuj Bhargav (UP) bt Divya Sharma (Har) 3-2. Group C: Brijesh Damani (PSPB) bt Mahesh Jagdale (Mah) 3-0; Khizar Raoof (AP) bt Yogesh Kumar (Kar) 3-0. Group D:  Laxman Rawat (Mah) bt Amir Hussain (WB) 3-0; Himanshu Jain (AP) bt S Dilip Kumar (Rly) 3-1. Group E: Lucky Vatnani (AP) bt Altamash Saifi (Del) 3-0; Sumit Talwar (Cha) bt Harish Gandhi (MP) 3-0. Group F: Manan Chandra (PSPB) bt Peter Paul (TN) 3-1. Group G: Alok Kumar (PSPB) bt Ashok Subramaniam (TN) 3-2; Abhimanyu Gandhi (Guj) bt Sumesh Turki (J&K) 3-1. Group I: Shivam Arora (Bih) bt Nitesh Madan (Del) 3-2; Rahul Sachdev (Mah) bt Vishal Sahay (WB) 3-1. Group J: Devendra Joshi (PSPB) bt S Akram khan (WB) 3-2. Group K: Rafath Habib (Rly) bt Prem Prakash (TN) 3-2; Pushpinder Sinhg (Rly) bt Rajat Khaneja (Cha) 3-2. Group L: Vikas Chaudhary (Del) bt Neeraj Kumar (Rly) 3-1; J Varun Kumar (TN) bt Vijay Nichani (TN) 3-2. Group M: IH Manudev (Kar) bt Sheetal Kumar (Kar) 3-2; Dharminder Lilly (PB) bt Vijay Goel (Del) 3-0. Group N: R Loganathan (TN) bt Lalsangzela (Miz) 3-0. Group O: Vipin Sethi (Del) bt Lalrina Renthlei (Miz) 3-2; Balaji Reddy (Kar) bt K Venkatesham (Rly) 3-0. Group P: Rishabh Pandya (PSPB) bt Anand Raghuvanshi (PSPB) 3-1.
Ladies: Billiards, final: R Umadevi Nagaraj (Kar) bt Keerath Bhandal (Del) 3-1 (70-75, 76-57, 77-44, 77-62).

(Semifinals): R Umadevi Nagaraj (Kar) bt Arantxa Sanchis (Mah) 2-0 (75-72, 77-30); Keerath Bhandal (Del) bt Mee­nal Thakur (Mah) 2-0 (76-62, 77-64).

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